I've been somewhat busy and not had a chance to get through the stuff that's been piling up in a vim scratch pad for me in the last few days. Pardon the shotgun weblog entry.
The Wikipedia: The deeper I dig, the worse it gets. It's kind of a festering pile. The first problem is that when you look at it from a systems engineering standpoint, you see a system that cannot scale, and you see very few "old hands" behind it, guiding it forwards. I tried to see if we might be looking at a PHP scaling problem, and ran across this article. Ugh. ORA really will publish anything, won't they? The article, aside from not answering the question of whether PHP can scale, serves to further muddy the question by making comparisons to Java. The article is completely worthless. The author, when confronted with this, more or less agreed and said that I'd missed the point. He wanted to point out that PHP sucked just as much as Java.
Moving right along, I've also been dealing with some of the content of the wikipedia. I don't recall exactly how I came across it, but I found the node for The Care Bears. Ok, granted, they deserve an entry. But, does every fucking bear need its own node?
Give me a fucking break. I am actually going to be spending at least several hours cleaning up the garbage content of some assflower, whose contributions are at best dubious, and whose intellectual capacity is, at best limited:
Right now I'm reading The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, and I don't get why the guy is supposed to be this huge hero because nobody likes him and he doesn't care. I don't think that makes him a hero. I think that makes him disagreeable. If he had any heroic qualities and nobody liked him and he didn't care, then he would be a hero, but he's not. I guess I'm just one of the mindless mass who doesn't understand or appreciate Objectivism. Or maybe I just don't like Howard Roark.
I find myself completely disgusted with the project. There is so much good there, and I'm with Jimbo. I want to give everyone on the planet a copy. But people in Banda Fucking Aceh don't really need articles on every minor character in Star Trek and their love interests.
So, I want to help, but I think maybe what I want to do is just take a break from contributing content to it for a little while, and go on a jihad, burning shit out of it that doesn't belong there. Maybe I'll even get a medal for it.
zhaoway, I was going to complain at you, and assert that you can't possibly mean what you said about not unit testing. However, chromatic said it for me. I take further solace in knowing that chromatic is a perl hacker. Us perl people know tests. Maybe you should spend some time writing some perl modules and contributing them to the CPAN, zhaoway. You will learn the value of unit tests.
Adium. How long are they going to keep their unstable trunk broken? I've been trying to build an Adium-svn for like two weeks now, and it still doesn't build. It's almost like they gave up on it.
Prevayler. Several people have mentioned prevayler. Reading the docs, it seems like reasonable enough stuff to me. However, I can't get past the fact that this "Klaus" person is a fucking kook, and has more of an attitude than I do. That's a project guaranteed to fail, in my book.
shlomif: Welcome to knowing Sungo. I worked with the man for a year (well, 364 days). He is a very bright and capable programmer. Sometimes he's a little difficult to work with. I think, even, the last time he and I talked on IRC he banned me. I still consider him a friend. I just accept that, like me, Sungo has some edges that are a little rougher than the rest of the population. I'm not going to get into whether I think either of you was right in that IRC exchange, but I can tell you he probably doesn't hold anything against you and would probably talk to you without issue this evening if you wanted to try. Or he might not. He isn't obligated to treat you nicely or anything. This is the internet, not group therapy. Grow a thicker skin. It will come in handy. Especially on irc.perl.org.
deekayen... I just don't know what to say to you. A well done steak, particularly a filet, is a crime against god. Anthony Bourdain, who I consider to be a personal hero, said in Kitchen Confidential:
[steaks], if ordered well done were routinely thrown into the deep-fryer until crispy, then tossed into an oven to incinerate further ...
I cannot imagine how offended your waiter and chef were by being asked to destroy a piece of beef like that.
Seared, with a cool red center, if you please. Well done? For fuck's sake. I bet you like Pilsners and drink Corona with a lime.